Are you tired of being tired? Never feel that you get a good nights’ sleep, or your partner is constantly waking you to make you roll over, or sleep in another room? We may have your answer! Snoring could be the tip of the iceberg, and a more serious problem of Sleep Apnea may be undiagnosed.
Why do people snore?
Snoring affects many people in Australia, not to mention their partners and families. There are several factors that could contribute to, or be the cause of your snoring:
- A narrow airway
- Weight gain or a large neck – this puts pressure on your airway passage
- Alcohol – relaxes the soft tissues in your airway
- Age – muscle tone decreases as you get older
- Sleep posture – sleeping on your back encourages the muscles at the back of your throat to relax
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea –snoring is a symptom
Snoring itself is not a major issue, but when you also suffer from daytime sleepiness, loss of attention, or chronic fatigue, you could also have sleep apnea. Your dentist can help with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax and fall, letting the tongue obstruct the airway and causing a reverberation as air passes through. In the event that this occurs breathing can become so difficult that the sufferer stops breathing in their sleep, causing them to eventually awaken when the brain detects a lack of oxygen. Some obstructive sleep apnea sufferers have hundreds of these episodes a night, often without even remembering them.
How to treat it?
At Dr Etcell’s Practice we are committed to your dental wellbeing. In order to address sleep apnea we offer a range of treatments, such as employing the use of many types of Anti Snoring Appliances to ensure you and your partner get a proper nights’ sleep.
Anti Snoring Appliances act by opening the jaws slightly and moving the lower jaw forward, to carry the tongue away from the back of the throat. This stops the tongue and the soft throat muscles collapsing and blocking your air way in your sleep. Allowing for the easy passage of air and helping to curb the sound of snoring. This snoring appliance is comfortable and custom made to fit seamlessly in your mouth.
If you believe you may have sleep apnea then please do not hesitate to contact our team today for a consultation. During this consultation we can assess your symptoms and suggest the most appropriate method of treatment.